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The timing and partnership context of becoming a parent

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  • John Hobcraft

    (University of York)

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    This paper uses two British birth cohorts, born in 1958 and 1970. There are substantial inter-cohort shifts in timing and context of becoming a parent and gender differences in timing. We use common childhood measures for the two cohorts, pool the two data sets and fit common models. We then ask whether explicit terms for gender or for cohort are required. These can be an unexplained gender or cohort differential or specific differential pathways through measured childhood antecedents. There is considerable support for elements of a common model, but some interpretable gender and cohort terms are also necessary.

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    Article provided by Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany in its journal Demographic Research.

    Volume (Year): 19 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 34 (July)
    Pages: 1281-1322

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    Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:19:y:2008:i:34

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    Keywords: birth cohorts; childhood antecedents; gender; parenthood; partnership context;

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